The Grand Cherokee SRT is Jeep’s real hero car, and the only one to compete effectively with the super-SUV benchmark from Porsche. The Jeep’s drastic SRT makeover is arguably the most effective across the Chrysler range by blending the huge Hemi V-8’s torque with the sure-footed and quite advanced Grand Cherokee platform.

A change across the board from “SRT8” to “SRT” for all the performance trims prepares the range for its next generation of super and turbocharged SRT models - with forced induction making the SRT6, SRT4 etc cylinder counts much less meaningful.

The SRT conversion makes the Grand Cherokee one of the most entertaining models out of Auburn Hills, with all the track attitude and road muscle of the Viper but far fewer tradeoffs in daily driving.

As almost a totally distinct model from the Grand Cherokee range, the SRT version is new for 2014 with the latest interior tech upgrades, a new eight-speed auto transmission, and the tasteful headlight LED accents that were new this year on the base models.

Combined with the menacing nose graphic of the Grand Cherokee SRT, the additional LED lights update the nose appearance nicely. A black lower bumper shroud makes the SRT seem mean even with the lights off, with its 20-inch wheels and giant tires looking very prominent from all angles.

The real news with this latest Jeep is new launch control programming for the cutting-edge autobox that should offer an even quicker sprint than the last model’s 5.1-second rush to 60 mph. Smoothness, economy, and tow ratings are also all up across the board, making this Grand Cherokee SRT quite an appealing prospect for hot-rod SUV shoppers.

Will the loss of the "8" on the badge hurt its street cred versus the Range Rover Sport? Is the price premium and five-seat layout a problem versus the Ford Explorer Sport?

Click past the jump for all the latest images and details of the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT.

  • 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT
  • Year:
    2014
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V8
  • Transmission:
    8-Speed Auto W/ Paddle Shift
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    470 @ 6000
  • MPG(Cty):
    13
  • MPG(Hwy):
    15
  • Torque @ RPM:
    461 @ 4300
  • Displacement:
    6.4 L
  • 0-60 time:
    5.0 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    160 mph
  • Layout:
    Front-engine, Four-wheel-drive
  • Price:
    64190
  • car segment:
  • body style:

Driving Impressions


Exterior

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The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT has always been the best-looking version of this new model series, thanks to its full nose restyle and deep, Viper-inspired reverse hood vents. Custom panels and sill extensions do wonders in profile and from the rear, where the 2014 model now sports 4-inch black exhaust outlets — a la the Audi RS6 Plus.

Most noticeable is a nose that now matches the rest of the Grand Cherokee’s new LED headlight design. The lower LED slashes in the bumper are kept for this SRT revamp, as are the black chrome nostrils in the lower flanks.

Copious airflow management is needed to keep the heavy Jeep’s Brembo brakes cooled, and lower bumper vents channel air directly onto the red calipers.

Three wheel options are offered for 2014, with the standard block-spoke 20-inch rims in a polished finish that looks very expensive. On the road, they look far better than chrome wheels, but are not as current as the silver or black "Spider Monkey" design options available for an extra $595.

The only other exterior choice is the trailer towing group, which is now offered on the SRT Grand Cherokee without any of the special rigging previously needed for the 2007 generation’s center exhaust. Towing is also improved with the new transmission, and the SRT can now pull 7,200 pounds.

This sounds good until you realize that is the same max as the 3.6-liter V-6 Grand Cherokee model. Even so, very few people will tow anything heavier on a regular basis.

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT - Exterior Dimensions:

Wheelbase (in.) 114.8
Length (in.) 191.3
Width (in.) 77.1
Height (in.) 69.1
Front Track Width (in.) 63.7
Rear Track Width (in.) 64.3
Minimum Ground Clearance (in.) 8.3
Curb Weight (Pounds) 5,150
Drag Coefficient 0.39

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT - Standard Exterior Features:

  • Dual exhaust with active valves and dual 4-in. oval black chrome tips
  • Adaptive bi-xenon HID headlamps
  • Auto headlamp leveling system
  • Auto high beam control headlamps
  • Automatic headlamps
  • Daylight opening (DLO): bright
  • Exhaust tips: black chrome
  • Headlamp washers
  • Hood: SRT exclusive with heat extractors
  • LED daytime running lamps
  • LED tail lamps
  • Power liftgate
  • Premium fog lamps
  • Rear step pad with gloss black accent
  • SRT Badges (rear liftgate)
  • SRT Sill extension, body-color
  • SRT Spoiler: rear, body-color
  • 20x10-inch Forged aluminum wheels, polished, five-spoke “Goliath” style

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT - Exterior Options:

  • Trailer-tow Group IV — Class IV receiver hitch, seven- and four-pin wiring harness, full-size spare tire ($995)
  • 20x10-inch Forged aluminum, Satin Carbon, split five-spoke “Spider Monkey” style ($595)
  • 20x10-inch Forged aluminum, Black Vapor Chrome, split five-spoke “Spider Monkey” style ($595)

Interior

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The interior takes a big step in the right direction for 2014, with genuine carbon-fiber inlays and perforated leather and suede for all the major surfaces.

A new performance-seat option brings large shoulder supports and better adjustments with its new leather color (and increase in quality). The upgraded leather trim color is called Sepia and is available to replace the standard black leather/black suede combination for $1,995 extra.

The Jeep is versatile in the back with a standard split-folding seat and a second row that reclines to less of a torturous angle for long trips.

There is an extra sporty steering wheel exclusive to the SRT, and Viper-style G-force and lap timer displays add cool points when driving hard.

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT - Performance Displays Demo:

SRT’s new Performance Pages offer extra information on how the SRT is handling in extreme conditions, like a track day. Various lap timers, G-force meters, and additional dials offer some of the cool factor of the Nissan GT-R and Porsche Sport Chrono package to the super Jeep via its giant 8.4-inch touchscreen display.

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT - Standard Interior Features:

  • Uconnect 8.4AN AM/FM/BT/ACCESS/NAV - 8.4-Inch Touch Screen Display, Uconnect Voice Command with Bluetooth, SiriusXM Satellite Radio w/ 1-Yr Radio Subscription
  • 9 Amplified Speakers with Subwoofer, 506-Watt Amplifier
  • Remote SD Card Slot, Remote USB Port, Dual Remote USB Port - Charge Only
  • Steering Wheel Mounted Audio Controls
  • Uconnect Access via Mobile
  • Leather Seats with Perforated Suede
  • Heated Front Seats, Ventilated Front Seats
  • Heated Second-Row Seats
  • Power 8-Way Driver Seat w/Memory and 8-Way Pass Seat
  • Driver / Passenger Power 4-Way Lumbar Adjust
  • Memory for Radio, Driver Seat and Mirrors

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT - Interior Options:

  • Rear Blu-ray Entertainment Center (late availability) ($1,995): Rear-seat video system, dual screen (seat-mounted) Blu-ray system with independent HDMI/Auxilary inputs
  • High Performance Laguna Leather Seats - Sepia ($1,995)
  • Panoramic moonroof ($1,595)
  • Harmon Kardon audio ($1,995): 19 Premium Speakers Including Subwoofer, Harman Kardon Logic7 GreenEdge Amplifier

Drivetrain, Suspension and Brakes

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The big news for the SRT Grand Cherokee’s powertrain is the all-new eight-speed automatic that replaces the previous (Mercedes-sourced) five-speed box on all of Chrysler’s Hemi models.

Thrilled to be out from under Mercedes thumb for the transmission, Chrysler is building its own licensed versions of the ZF ’high-power’ 8-cog shifter used by BMW and Jaguar, among others.

The new transmission improves fuel economy and sprint times for all the model’s it has enhanced so far, which is great news for this super sport version in the SRT. A new launch control system is better able to pre-load the torque converter for explosive starts, while top speed is still an impressive 160 mph.

This year’s Grand Cherokee SRT8 can hit 60 mph in about 5 seconds, and the new transmission will match or exceed the previous pace.

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT - Performance Details:

Engine 6.4-liter 16-valve V-8 With Hemispherical Combustion
Transmission 8-Speed Auto W/ Paddle Shift
Powertrain Layout From-engine, Four-wheel-drive
Power 470 @ 6,000
Torque 465 @ 4,300
0-60 mph (seconds) 5, est
Top Speed 160 mph
EPA Fuel Economy MPG (City/Highway/Combined) 13/15/19
Max Tow Rating (Pounds) 7,200

Safety

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The Grand Cherokee SRT adds a number of new safety features for 2014, including active safety tech up front with Forward Collision Mitigation and in back with rear cross path detection. Both technologies are unobtrusive and quite helpful in daily driving.

Paired with the SRT’s standard front/rear parking sensors and backup camera: the SRT is a very easy for anyone to park safely.

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT - Safety Features:

  • Active head restraints
  • Advanced multistage front air bags
  • Blind-spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection
  • Child seat anchor system with child seat upper tether anchor
  • Electronic stability control (ESC) with brake assist
  • Enhanced accident response
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Four-wheel traction control
  • Hill-start Assist (HSA)
  • Keyless Enter-N-Go with Sentry Key theft deterrent
  • ParkSense front and rear park assist system
  • ParkView rear backup camera
  • Rain Brake Support
  • Ready Alert Braking
  • Security alarm
  • Supplemental front seat side air bag
  • Supplemental side curtain front/rear air bags
  • Tire-pressure monitoring (TPM) display

Pricing and Availability

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The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT is available from early winter 2013 as a 2014 model, with a base price of $64,190 included destination charges.

Model MSRP
Grand Cherokee SRT $64,190

Competition

Range Rover Sport

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The latest Range Rover Sport can finally keep up with the Jeep GC SRT in a drag race. Despite beating the Jeep SRT on Top Gear USA — the Range Rover Sport was greatly assisted by its professional racing driver: Tanner Foust.

In dry and official runs, the old RRS could not crack 6 seconds to 60 mph, whereas the new model slams it home in just over 5 seconds. The new model also offers a 5+2 third row as an option, and numerous fancy leathers and woods. Pricing starts in the Jeep GC SRT neighborhood but quickly races up to $90,000 with some options.

Ford Explorer Sport EcoBoost

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The Explorer Sport is a much cheaper option than either of the above models, with pricing that can barely be optioned above $47,000 with everything included. The Ford is down over 100 horsepower versus the SRT Jeep, but rarely feels slow thanks to its snappy twin turbochargers. The Explorer Sport needs about 6.5 seconds to hit 60 mph, but also brings seven seats versus the Jeep’s five-person maximum.

Conclusion

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With pricing that is only about $11,000 above the top Grand Cherokee Summit 5.7-liter, the SRT Grand Cherokee is arguably the most successful revamp yet versus the LX-based models like the 300C and Charger/Challenger. At least in this latest generation of models, the four-wheel-drive system’s beautiful integration with the new eight-speed is quite impressive indeed.

By helping performance Jeep loyalists to pick the best combination of technology, drivetrain and axle ratio from the Jeep catalog: the SRT is a fantastic choice and is quite easy to find on a dealer lot thanks to its one available configuration.

Thinking of the huge and devoted customer-base Jeep enjoys, the SRT’s price is not much compared with what can be spent on a custom Wrangler with a V-8. Within this millions-strong group of previous and current owners, having a super-premium model tier makes sense to keep them with the brand.

Merging the Jeep badge with Porsche-baiting performance is just the start of this versatile crossover’s adventures on road, trail and track.

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    • * Mileage is improved versus last year, but not by much
    • * Huge 0.39 drag coefficient proves how powerful SRT engine is at 160 mph top speed
    • * Perhaps an SRT exchange program needed?